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CGP Grey has a thought provoking video about the vectors of viral ideas, which he calls “thought germs”:
In the second half he discusses how ideas that make us angry are the best suited to reproduce and stick with us the longest. This works optimally when there are two diametrically opposed “anger germs” which act in a kind of symbiosis to perpetuate each other. In the best case scenario for the germs, the two factions spend more time arguing with each other about the other side than arguing with the other side, thereby producing an even more powerful set of enraging ideas.
So… since that seems to potentially describe a certain place I’m thinking of that prides itself on its intelligence and rationality, I thought it appropriate to post here.